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Armed Security Guards

An armed security officer is an individual who is employed to safeguard and protect persons and property, as well as to deter theft, loss, or concealment of any tangible or intangible personal property on the premises they are contracted to protect. 

Training Requirements:

  •  Security Officer Core Subjects Entry-Level

  •  Training Outline

  •  Training Schools Course

  • Armed Security Officer Arrest Authority

  •  Security Officer Handgun

  •  Shotgun Training Entry-Level - If Applicable

                                                                                                      Security Officer Core Subjects - (excluding examination) The entry level curriculum for unarmed security officer to learn to be armed are:

  1. Applicable sections of the Code of Montana and       Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

 2. Code of Ethics

 3. General Duties and Responsibilities

 4. Signs of Terrorism  

2. Policies

3. Procedures Handgun - 24 hours (excluding written


1. The entry-level handgun classroom training will include but not be limited to the following:

 A. Practical handgun handling

1. Identification of handgun parts

2. Draw 

3. Re-holstering

4. Ready position

5. Loading  

6. Administrative loading

7. Tactical reloading  

8. Rapid reloading

9. Unloading

10. Malfunctions  

11. Immediate actions procedures  

12. Remedial action

13. Proper care and maintenance

14. Firearms retention  

15. Ammunition identification and management

16. Range safety

   B. Fundamentals of marksmanship

1. Grip                                                                       

2. Stance (position)

3. Sight alignment  

4. Sight picture

5. Trigger control

6. Breathing  

7. Follow through

  C. Dim light/low light/reduced light practice and                familiarization

1. Identification of target/threat/background

2. Unaided training

3. Aided training  

4. Flashlight use  

5. Reloading during low light conditions  

6. Malfunctions  

7. Range safety

 D. Use of force  

1. Deadly force

2. Justifiable deadly force

  E. Liability

1. Criminal liability

2. Civil liability

3. Negligent discharge prevention  

  F. Judgmental shooting: judgmental shooting scenarios will        be conducted in the classroom/range

  G.  Lead exposure

2. Written examination required.  

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